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Professional Poker Players

There are many professional poker players around these days. Some of the players that stand out in the game are Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey. All three are different but have the same passion for the game. Of course, you don't get to be a professional without having passion, drive, some luck, and good playing skills. But you can bet they didn't start out their life thinking they'd end up as poker champions.

Doyle Brunson is the oldest of the three, at about 70 years of age. He has won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker twice and has 10 WSOP bracelets. About 25 years ago, he co-wrote a book called Super System, which many consider a bible for poker players. He was good at sports when younger, but an injury stopped that. He still has crutches today from it. He went to college and supported himself by playing poker at different colleges. He received a Masters degree in Administrative Education and got a job right out of college, which had nothing to do with his degree. After getting his first paycheck he realized he could make more money from one poker pot game than a few weeks at a regular job and quit. He moved to Texas and started playing poker in underground circuits. Brunson moved to Las Vegas after he quit his job, finding easy invitations to play since he won most games in Texas. He won the WSOP Main event twice, in 1976 and 1977. Interestingly enough he won both years with the same poker hand, a full house of tens and deuces.

Daniel Negreanu is a player from Canada. He started playing poker at the age of 15 and moved to Las Vegas to play full time. He became the youngest person to win the World Series of Poker in 1998 at the age of 23 in the Pot Limit Holdem Event. His other WSOP bracelets are from the the 2004 Limit Holdem event and the 2003 SHOE event. Negreanu has also won the 1997 best all around player at Foxwoods, the 1999 US poker Champion, first in the WPT Borgata event 2004, third in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, second in the Party Poker Million and first in the Bellagio Five Diamond event, which made him the WPT's leading money winner at the time. This is more than any other professional on the poker circuit.

Phil Ivey is the youngest and newest professional on the poker scene. He is considered one of the top poker players. He is only 27 and actually thinks he has a long way to go learning the game. He started almost as young as Negreanu, at the age of 17. Ivey is so good he finished 10th in the 2003 WSOP Texas Holdem Poker Main Event and won a bracelet in 2002. Being a consistent player, he often places high in other tournaments and wins big pots.

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